Habilitative skill is a direct intervention service that includes techniques used to develop, improve and maintain developmentally appropriate functional abilities and daily living of the child. This service includes teaching and coordinating methods of training with family members or others who regularly participate in caring for the child. Examples include: a step parent, grandparent, daycare/babysitter, aunt, uncle, or sibling. During the family training and coordination components of habilitative skill the child must be present.
Habilitative skill can be provided individually or in a group. Group services must be provided by one (1) qualified staff providing the direct service for two (2) or three (3) children receiving the service. As the number and needs of the child increase, the participant ratio in the group must be adjusted accordingly and group habilitative skill will only be reimbursed when the child’s objectives relate to benefiting from group interactions.
Habilitative skill can provide Intervention and emergency backup crisis intervention for a maximum of 18 successive months. This provisional position is intended to allow an individual to gain the necessary degree, experience and/or competency needed to qualify as an intervention specialist or higher. (When completed, they would move into a Behavior Intervention Position)
If an individual does not meet the competency requirements within the provisional period, may no longer provide services as a habilitative skills technician.
Habilitative skills technicians must be an employee of a DDA or school and be under the supervision of an intervention specialist or an intervention professional who is observing and reviewing the direct services performed by the habilitative skill technician. Supervision must occur on a monthly basis, or more often as necessary, to ensure the habilitative skill technician demonstrates the necessary skills to correctly provide the service.
The qualifications for this type of provider can be met by one (1) of the following:
An individual who is currently enrolled and is within fifteen (15) semester credits, or equivalent, to completing their bachelor’s degree; or higher from an accredited institution in a human services field and or working towards meeting the experience or competency requirements; or An individual who holds a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in a human services field or has a bachelor’s degree and a minimum of 24 semester credits, or equivalent, in a human services field and or working towards meeting the experience or competency requirements; or An individual who has a bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited institution and is currently enrolled to complete the required 24 semester credits, or equivalent, in a human services field and or working towards meeting their experience or competency requirements.
15 semester credits are equal to 22 quarter credits. This conversion was made by multiplying the number of semester credits by 1.5. 15 semester credits are equal to 18 trimester credits. This conversion was made by multiply the number of semester credits by 1.2. A human services field bachelor’s degree is defined as a diverse field that is focused on improving the quality of life for participants. Areas of academic study include, but are not limited to, sociology, special education, counseling, and psychology or other areas of academic study. For determining a human services bachelor’s degree for a habilitative skills technician, the information listed below in the intervention specialist provider qualification should be utilized.